Can a Bondsman Surrender me to Jail if I Stop Making Bail Bonds Payments?

Q.  My wife helped me post bail bonds three months ago after I was arrested on felony DUI charges. My bail bonds were set at $100,000, so we asked the bondsman if we could work out a payment arrangement for what we’d owe. My wife recently lost her job and we’re having a hard time making ends meet; the bail bonds company told me that if I stop making payments they’ll surrender me back to jail. Can they really do that?

A. No, a bondsman is not allowed to put you back in jail if you stop making payments on your bail bond.  If you’ve signed a bail bonds agreement and you stop making your monthly payments, there are a few things that can happen. First, the account can be reported to collections, which will have a negative impact on your credit score.  If payments still aren’t being made, the collections agency may be able to get a judgment against you so they can start to garnish your wages.

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